Author: David Bennett

NSS success and motivation to improve further

We just got the results of the latest NSS and were thrilled to discover that despite the question in the NSS changing this year from whether final year students felt library resources had been adequate to whether library services and facilities made

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Releasing the world’s art into the wild

Here’s something to make your weekend.  Our year of free art continues, with the British Library following the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in releasing millions of images free for anyone to use online under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

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Speak and soon you shall be heard… by the BBC iPlayer

The BBC is testing a new voice-powered iPlayer app – useful for those moments you want something to watch when you have both hands full.  Check out this and other articles of interest in television and broadcast media from our

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Funny fake posters hit California

From the serious to the ridiculously funny, fake news to fake fliers (because every subject has its silver lining and it is the role of art and comedy to redeem the human condition). Comedian Is Covering California In Fake Flyers and They’re

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Reading between the headlines: from fake news to Firstnews

Parody, deception, the manipulation of information, unethical news reporting, and ‘alternative facts’ are more and more prevalent as the war for hearts and minds heats up worldwide and politicians and spin doctors seek to play on our basic instincts and hardwired psychological tendencies.

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Life: illustrated. Beatrix Potter, born today in 1866

Today in 1866, famous naturalist and author-illustrator Beatrix Potter was born.  Although she was a skilled naturalist, who presented a work on mycology (the study of fungi – toadstools and moulds) to the Royal Society, Beatrix Potter is one of the

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Scottish bronze age settlement modeled in modern Lego

A new Lego installation in Caithness, Scotland, is helping children to understand local archaeology.  It also shows that if you can imagine it you can probably model it in Lego. The number of bespoke Lego bricks and other components that are

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Bikes go free this summer on the Gosport Ferry

If you are a keen cyclist and travel in on the Gosport Ferry, make sure you make use of the “Bikes Go Free” promotion the ferry operator is running again this summer.  For the third year running, you can transport bicycles across

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Citizen science reshapes cosmology

Life ends, sad but true.  It is the way every species rids itself of the spectre of catastrophic overpopulation in any species given to reproduce.  Not all do, and those that never have children tend to live for thousands of years,

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